Scotland's Economy

  • Investors in Young People

    16th October 2014 by

    Published earlier this year, the Commission for Developing Scotland’s Young Workforce has focused minds on the subject of youth unemployment. Currently, there are 53,000 Young People not in employment, education or training in Scotland. With only 27% of employers offering work experience and 29% employing directly from education in Scotland, there is significant scope and…

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  • International Women’s Day 2014

    7th March 2014 by

    In September 2012 I was very pleased to join the First Minister and the STUC in hosting Scotland’s first Women’s Employment Summit. Since then, the Strategic Group on Women and Work has met regularly to consider what more can be done to enable women to fulfil their potential in the labour market. There are more…

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  • Advice available for manufacturers

    25th June 2012 by

    This year, we’re working hard to engage with even more Scottish manufacturers, carry out even more projects and deliver even greater value to Scotland’s economy by helping companies generate more savings and create new jobs, new products and new markets.

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  • Criminals’ cash creating jobs

    29th March 2012 by

    Since 2007, the Scottish Government’s CashBack for Communities programme has invested over £45 million of bad money for good purposes. Funds seized from the proceeds of crime is provided to communities to put young people on a positive path in life by offering them the chance to take part in hundreds of thousands of free sporting, cultural, educational diversionary activities and development programmes.

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  • State of the economy

    5th March 2012 by

    The Scottish Government’s Chief Economist today published the quarterly State of the Economy report, which provides further evidence that supports my calls to the Chancellor to use the Budget to invest more in capital projects, take action to boost lending to business and build consumer confidence.

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  • Rautomead

    18th January 2012 by

    John Swinney at RautomeadOn the day new statistics were published showing a rise in manufacturing exports, I visited Rautomead in Dundee – a great example of a Scottish firm that is performing well in international markets.

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